THIS FEEL GOOD COMEDY OF THE SUMMER..."DARK SHADOWS?" @ 16 March 2012 03:09 PM
Maybe I missed something, but it seems to me that they've carefully kept secret that the new Johnny Depp/Tim Burton remake of the TV gothic serial Dark Shadows is actually a wacky, campy, bawdy comedy romp.

Take a look at the trailer.

While watching this, at first I thought it was a mere remake of the 1970 feature, House of Dark Shadows. Then when I saw such moments as Barnabas flabbergasted by the television set (remininiscent of Queen Victoria's reaction on a Bewitched episode), it dawned on me that this was going to be a sly send-up.

Of course, the editors of the trailer may have been made to deliberately emphasize the comic scenes, and the movie may really turn out to be more like Sweeney Todd. Seems unlikely, though, because the original series was wildly camp too. The actors have played it completely seriously back then, but with the limited budget, precarious props and legendary bloopers, it was sometimes one of the most hysterically funny shows on television (or at least funnier than some intentionally funny programs).

Will this approach work? I can't wait to see it and find out. But like the first Brady Bunch movie, which deftly balanced fandom with satire, this might be the kind of inspired escapist stuff that we've needed in depressed times.



Is Barnabas Collins the Shirley Temple of today? Time will tell.

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